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Juniata MVB outlasts East Stroudsburg, 3-1

(Posted February 26, 2008)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College rebounded from a game one loss to win the next three and post a 3-1 victory over East Stroudsburg University, in EIVA men's volleyball action Tuesday night at the Kennedy Sports + Recreation Center in Huntingdon, Pa. Game scores were 31-33, 30-28, 30-23, and 30-27. Juniata (6-5, 3-3 EIVA Tait) dropped game one in extra play, after leading much of the game. ESU finally caught up with the Eagles at 23-23, and took the lead on a Don Hanna block followed by a Juniata attack error. Juniata eventually tied the Warriors at 27-27 following a John Post ball handling error, and retook the lead on Chris Vrooman's (Baden, Pa./Ambridge Area) kill. Another Hanna kill knotted the game at 28-28, and a kill by Chris Holden put East Stroudsburg ahead 29-28. Four straight side out points eventually left the Eagles with a 31-30 lead, but a block by ESU's Post and Brian Geslak tied the game once again at 31-31. An attack error by Matt Fritz (Churchville, Md./John Carroll) followed by another Post and Geslak block allowed the Warriors to eventually wrap-up the win. East Stroudsburg hit an impressive .600 in game two, but the Eagles eventually prevailed in a game that featured 11 ties and four lead changes. The last tie occurred at 18-18, when Juniata took the lead on a Dan Powers (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) kill. The Eagles widened that margin on a block by Evan Halteman (Perkiomenville, Pa./Christopher Dock) and Zach Bock (Mount Wolf, Pa./Northeastern) followed by a Bock kill, vaulting Juniata into a 21-18 lead. Juniata remained at least one point in front of the Warriors, and eventually sealed the win with a Bock kill on game point. Juniata thoroughly dominated game three, opening up a wide lead over the Warriors after staying with the Eagles through 4-4. The Eagles eked out a slight 6-4 lead on a Matt Werle (Meadville, Pa./Meadville) kill followed by a Post ball handling error. Following a pair of side out attack errors, Juniata's lead expanded to 9-5 on a Halteman kill and a Hanna attack error. With the score 14-9 for the Eagles, Juniata took a commanding lead by posting six straight points. The run opened with a kill by Fritz, and Powers served Juniata to five more points with kills by Fritz and Bock to go with three ESU errors. Juniata eventually wrapped up the game on a service error by the Warriors' Nick McHale. Game four was another hard-fought struggle, offering nine ties and four lead changes. With the score 18-18, Juniata took the lead for good on a Werle kill followed by a Kyle Duffy attack error. The Eagles managed to stay at least two points in front of East Stroudsburg the rest of the way, eventually winning the match on a service error by ESU's Kyle Duffy. Four Eagles posted double-digit kill totals, led by Fritz's 18 kills. Powers tallied 15, with Vrooman and Bock adding 13 and 12 kills respectively. Werle set the offense with 57 assists, and Anthony Damiano (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township) logged a team-high six digs. Chris Holden paced the Warriors with 16 kills, with R.J. Roth recording 11 digs. Geslak had seven total blocks for East Stroudsburg. Juniata returns to action on Friday, Jan. 29, when the Eagles face Lewis University (Ill.) at 7:00 p.m. in Romeoville, Ill. -30-

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